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Fri Jun 3, 2022, 08:57 PM

After Rays decry shootings, Florida governor vetoes funding for possible team facility

https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2022/06/03/desantis-rays-practice-facility/

This is unconstitutional!!!

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) on Thursday vetoed $35 million in state spending for a youth sports complex in Pasco County, a project that had been pitched as a potential spring training site for the Tampa Bay Rays.

The money was included in the $112 billion budget plan sent to DeSantis by state legislators earlier this year. DeSantis, however, has line-item authority to veto specific expenditures, and he used that to cut a record $3.1 billion out of the initial budget proposal.

On May 26, the Rays issued a statement decrying the recent mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde, Texas, and said the franchise would be making a $50,000 donation to Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun-violence prevention organization.

“This cannot become normal,” the team statement read. “We cannot become numb. We cannot look the other way. We all know, if nothing changes, nothing changes.”

At a public speaking engagement Friday, DeSantis said he doesn’t “support giving taxpayer dollars to professional sports stadiums, period.” But DeSantis, a gun-rights supporter who is pushing the state to allow residents to carry concealed firearms without a permit, also suggested that the Rays’ support of a gun-control organization also factored into his decision.

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Reply After Rays decry shootings, Florida governor vetoes funding for possible team facility (Original post)
The Grand Illuminist Jun 2022 OP
regnaD kciN Jun 2022 #1
HariSeldon Jun 2022 #5
kelly1mm Jun 2022 #8
cilla4progress Jun 2022 #2
tanyev Jun 2022 #3
nycbos Jun 2022 #4
Haggis 4 Breakfast Jun 2022 #6
moondust Jun 2022 #7

Response to The Grand Illuminist (Original post)

Fri Jun 3, 2022, 09:01 PM

1. Evil...but how is it "unconstitutional?"

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Response to regnaD kciN (Reply #1)

Fri Jun 3, 2022, 09:30 PM

5. 1st Amendment right to free speech

The government may not penalize any person (and Republicans are strong on corporations being people) for expressing opinions in a safe way. If the content of the Rays' statement factored into Desantis's decision, he violated the 1st Amendment.

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Response to HariSeldon (Reply #5)

Sat Jun 4, 2022, 12:47 AM

8. Only people have constitutional rights, not corporations (unless you support R talking points) NT

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Response to The Grand Illuminist (Original post)

Fri Jun 3, 2022, 09:02 PM

2. Spiteful

Pig

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Response to The Grand Illuminist (Original post)

Fri Jun 3, 2022, 09:04 PM

3. So Citizens United gives corporations freedom of speech--as long as they support Republicans?

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Response to The Grand Illuminist (Original post)

Fri Jun 3, 2022, 09:05 PM

4. Tampa doesn't deserve that team anyway.

They one of the best teams in the American League the last few years often beating my Yankees, and they can't even sell home playoff games.


The team should go to a community that appreciates good baseball.

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Response to The Grand Illuminist (Original post)

Fri Jun 3, 2022, 10:39 PM

6. deSantis is a pathetic little man,


an improper bully. First Disney, then the Special Olympics, now the Rays.

What a small petty man.

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Response to The Grand Illuminist (Original post)

Fri Jun 3, 2022, 11:58 PM

7. Cancel culture?

Has DeathSentence denied it yet?

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